a new folk musical
A homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was.
The nostalgia, the grief, the yearning for the lost places of your past.
Dawn has been a student of voice, piano, and theatre since childhood. Acting credits include BROADWAY: Sting's The Last Ship (originated the role of Young Meg), Wicked (Nessarose). OFF BROADWAY: Original company of Dogfight (Second Stage), original company of F#%king Up Everything now titled Brooklyn Crush, Music in the Air (Encores! City Center). REGIONAL/TOUR: Les Miserables, Romeo and Juliet, The Master Class. FILM: The Train (opposite Eli Wallach), Isolation. TV: Every Other Sunday (Amazon), The Tonight Show. She has a new musical in development, Hiraeth, alongside Addi McDaniel. She has played such venues as Radio City Music Hall, The Kennedy Center, and several venues internationally. She also writes and performs with her brother Ryan Cantwell (musical director/conductor forthcoming Broadway revival of 1776, Waitress, Pippin, Bat Out of Hell). Their music can be found here. She is on the faculty at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. BA: NYU Tisch.
Addi McDaniel is a New York City - based performer, writer and composer. Hailed as "a dynamo with a brass-plated voice" by the Los Angeles Times, she has performed original work at National Sawdust, The Apollo, BAM Café, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Rockwood Music Hall, Highline Ballroom and WNYC's Greenespace. She co-founded the genre-bending duo Addi & Jacq with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod, which would go on to be crowned “Best Emerging Band in New York” by WNYC. As an actress she has starred in productions at Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, The Guthrie, NSMT and played Luisa in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway. She is on the faculty at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. She is a graduate of Penn State University's Musical Theatre program.
about the musical
After her mother’s mysterious disappearance, a quiet and other-wordly young woman embarks on an earth shattering journey to discover where she came from.
Hiraeth is a new folk musical that uses magic realism to shed light on how we create narratives to cope with things we cannot explain. Dive into a world where you don’t know where reality ends and fantasy begins.